Why It Pays to Compare eBook Prices

18 Feb
e-book Death by China

e-book Death by China

A year ago when digital editions were delayed by traditional publishers until after the release of hardcover versions and digital editions were sometimes priced higher than the paper version, readers of e-books have shown hostility to prices higher than the $9.99 set by and other online retailers for popular titles.

It was then, that price-comparing websites showed up to help book buyers find retailers with the lowest prices.  Lets have a look at a couple of these site for a book price comparison:
They compares prices from more than 30 sources. Searches can be conducted by title, author or keyword. You can narrow your search only to free e-books. This can be done by clicking a separate button next to the search box.
Luzme is as simple and user-friendly as Inkmesh, but shows results a bit slower. You can search books by author, title or ISBN. Type the author’s full name or the full title of the book to get most relevant results. The site doesn’t have that advanced search features, but it is a great way to compare prices and availability for readers in different countries. Buying options are split into two currency sections: British Pound and US Dollar.


“Death by China”: Confronting the Dragon A Global Call to Action by professor Peter W. Navarro Genre: Higher Education, Textbooks, International Economics
Description: “The world’s most populous nation and soon-to-be largest economy is rapidly turning into the planet’s most efficient assassin. Unscrupulous Chinese entrepreneurs are flooding world markets with lethal products. China’s perverse form of capitalism combines illegal mercantilist and protectionist weapons to pick off American industries, job by job. China’s emboldened military is racing towards …
COMPARISON:  February 18, 2012

Results at 

Kobo $19.79
Devices: iPhone, PC, Mac, Linux, Blackberry, Android, iPad
Format: Kobo (Secure)

Diesel eBook Store $16.73
Devices: iPhone, Sony Reader, Nook, PC, Mac, Linux, Blackberry, Android, iPad
Formats: ePub, Adobe Digital Editions PDF (Secure)

CourseSmart* $12.99
Devices: iPhone, PC, Mac, Linux, Blackberry, Android, iPad
Formats: CourseSmart Download (Secure), Online Access
Save 10% more when you purchase 2+ eTextbooks. Use coupon code SAVE10BUY2

Amazon Kindle Store $ 11.69
Devices: Kindle, Kindle Fire, PC, with App on every other device
Formats: AZW, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, and PRC. HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP are usable through conversion.

*In case you haven’t heard about CourseSmart before: It is the world’s largest provider of digital course materials, their catalog includes over 90% of the core textbooks in use today in North American Higher Education as eTextbooks (the author of “Death by China”, Peter Navarro is a professor at the University of California).

Results on

Apple   $12.99  Today
Sony    $14.29  Today
Kobo    $16.19  Today
A search on brought no result for “Death by China”, but showed tons of other books written by the same author, Professor Peter Navarro.

As you can see, the prices for the e-book “Death by China” ranges from $16.73 to $ 11.69. Use both e-book search sites, and to get the best results – as both sites do not always show all possibilities and often neglect Amazon offers. Why?


Posted by on February 18, 2012 in e-Books, post to public


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2 responses to “Why It Pays to Compare eBook Prices

  1. Rachel Willmer

    February 18, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Thanks for the mention for Luzme!

    A couple of things I’d like to add:

    (a) we cover Canada and Australia as well as the UK and US, other countries coming soon;

    (b) if you create a (free) account at Luzme, you can add books to a watchlist and set a price limit, so that when the book drops below that price, you get an email to tell you.

    Prices change all the time with ebooks, so the watchlist can be very useful.

  2. Tangela

    July 22, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Hi to every body, it’s my first pay a visit of this website; this website contains amazing and in fact excellent stuff in favor of readers.


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